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Staying Safe While Travelling

It is an unfortunate fact that while travelling abroad a number of tourists experience unexpected difficulties or even become victims or crime every year. There are ways to help minimise your risks while travelling and keep yourself and your personal belongings safe.

  • Don't draw attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
  • Don't carry a large number of valuables and conceal the ones you do. Digital cameras, iPods and laptops are especially attractive to thieves.
  • Leave your passport, credit cards or cash in the hotel safe.
  • Keep your wallet or cash in an inside pocket.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Be aware of pick pockets.
  • Consider bringing travellers checks and avoid carrying large amount of cash.
  • Don't travel alone at night and avoid poorly lit streets or alleyways.
  • Be wary of scam artists, if something sounds too good to be true it generally is.
  • Ask for directions from someone in authority.
  • If you are threatened give up your valuables, they can be replaced while you can't.
  • Only take official taxis.
  • Stay alert while using public transportation. Many tourists are robbed while using trains or buses.
  • Don't leave valuables in your car and avoid parking on badly lit streets. If you opt for UK airport parking ensure that you choose a car park that has security and do not leave anything of value in the car including the GPS.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Be aware of the laws of the country you are visiting.
  • Never buy or carry drugs. You should also be aware that in some countries certain legal prescriptions could be considered a drug violation, especially tranquilizers or amphetamines.
  • Be aware of customs and import restrictions.
  • Ensure you have travel insurance to cover you in the event of loss or theft.
If you do become a victim of crime you are advised to contact the local British Embassy, you can find out more information by going to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. A consular officer will be able to provide advice and assistance.